Ron (Mamo) Yoshida passed away on April 26, 2023 at the age of 85. He was born in Seattle, WA on Feb. 25, 1938, the eldest child of Herb (Minoru) and Eiko Yoshida. Ron is survived by his wife, Kathryn and sons David (Colleen) of Cold Lake and Doug (Amy) of Calgary as well as three grandchildren - Jaime, Ethan and Kieren. He is also survived by his brother Jim (Eileen) of Kirkland, WA and a large extended family in the Seattle area.
Ron graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, served for three years in the U.S. Army and obtained degrees, including a PhD in philosophy, from the University of Washington. In 1968, Ron and Kathryn moved to Lethbridge where Ron became an associate professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Lethbridge and where he was recognized for his teaching in Philosophy of Science, 20th Century Analytic Philosophy and Logic. He was passionate about the importance of a liberal arts education. Moving to Lethbridge was also when the Ichikawas became family. Ron was an avid swimmer, swimming coach, drummer, band leader, record collector, author, reader, researcher, modeller (not to be confused with being a model), Seahawks fan, painter (Guernica on the fence), diner and jazz aficionado. In describing his life, he wrote: philosophy takes care of the mind; music, the soul; and swimming, the body.
The family is grateful for all of the support and kindness that they have received during this time. We wish to thank Dr. Mark Musk for his years of compassionate care and also all of the health care workers, including the team at the St. Michael's Palliative Care unit. In keeping with Ron's wishes, he will be privately remembered by his family. We will be supporting pancreatic cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society and welcome donations in remembrance of him.
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